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    LORTON, Lewie 'Leon' Lorton

    Lewie “Leon” Lorton, 96, of Cowden, Illinois passed away on Thursday, March 19th in Phoenix, Arizona at Serenity Hospice & Palliative Care. Leon was born on October 4th, 1923, the son of Lewie and Hattie (Beck) Lorton in rural Cowden, Bowling Green Township in Fayette County. Leon was baptized into Christ in his mid-20’s and loved nothing more than to share his love of the Lord and extend his knowledge of the scriptures to anyone he had the opportunity to speak with. His positive attitude and outlook were illuminated by his faith in God and belief in the goodness of all mankind. He never met a stranger and impressed everyone…

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    McDevitt, Sandra

    Sandra G. “Sandy” (Reitz) McDevitt, 59, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 22, 2020 after a courageous 4-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Champaign, Illinois, the second of three daughters to George and Mae (Runge) Reitz. She grew up in Effingham and graduated from Effingham High School in 1979. Sandy married Michael McDevitt of Effingham in 1989. They were blessed with 2 sons, 31 years of fantastic memories and tremendous love for one another. Sandy learned the craft of bookkeeping and worked for Niebrugge Oil Company for over 20 years. She then moved to Sensible Cinemas in Charleston, a job which she dearly loved, where…

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    STORTZUM, August Nov 16, 1924 – Mar 19, 2020

    August Gottlieb Stortzum went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, March 19, 2020. He was born November 16, 1924. August married Doris Lee Bible in August of 1945. August and Doris were blessed with their son, Michael and his wife Sharon of Gays, IL; daughter Shelia Winders of Cincinnati, OH; and daughter Vicki Parker and husband Del of Atlanta, Georgia; their grandchildren, Ramona Stortzum Kaczmarek (husband, Andy), Erik Stortzum (wife, Tara), Jason Winders, Amanda Winders Pazzo (husband, Michael), Joshua Stortzum and Natasha Stortzum; and great grandchildren Tristan Holdren, Austin, Emily and Christina Stortzum, August and Simon Pazzo, Aiden Cook; Athena, Alex and Peter Winders; sister-in-law, Lorene Stortzum…

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    Sandra G. McDevitt

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    WRIGHT, Helen Jul 24, 1938 – Mar 18, 2020

    Helen Louise Ireland-Wright 81 years old of Wrights Corner, Beecher City, Illinois died at 5:00 am Wednesday morning, March 18, 2020 at Kindred Hospital, St. Louis after being a patient for a short time. Family Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday Morning March 21, 2020 at the Springhill Cemetery near Wright’s Corner in Fayette County, Illinois. Kull Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at the kullfuneralhome.com. Helen was born on July 24, 1938 at home near Post Oak in rural Fayette County, Illinois being one of four siblings into the Christian family of Fred and Lizzie Ireland. On September 8, 1954…

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    Slover, Jacquie

    Jacquie Slover, 90, of Flora and formerly of Louisville, passed away at 8:25 am on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Flora Gardens in Flora. Jacquie was born on July 4, 1929 in Clay County, the daughter of the late Walter and Janet (Kitley) Dillman. She married Earl Slover on September 25, 1948 in Salem and he preceded her in death on June 23, 2009. Mrs. Slover worked at The First National Bank of Flora for 35 years, retiring in 1992. She loved the color red which was evidently seen with her love of cardinal birds. She enjoyed watching sports, especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball. She truly enjoyed attending Flora Wolves…

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    GHAST, Laura Jan 21, 1959 – Mar 18, 2020

    Laura Ellen Ghast, age 61, of Newton, Illinois, passed away at 4:00 AM – Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at her home. Funeral services celebrating Laura’s life will be held at 10:00 AM- Saturday, March 21, 2020, at First Baptist Church, 400 West Washington Street, Newton, Illinois, with Rev. Stephen Willis officiating. Private burial will be in the Plainfield Cemetery east of Rose Hill, Illinois. Visitation will be held 3:00-7:00 PM Friday, March 20, 2020, at the church. In loving memory of Laura, memorials may be made to Kemmerer Village, 941 North 2500 East Road, Assumption, Illinois 62510-9706 or to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 4400 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110,…

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    Stuemke, Wanita

    Wanita Stuemke, 70, of Altamont, died at 6:48 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL. A private family funeral service will be held at Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont with Rev. Marcus Manley officiating. A committal service and burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Altamont. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date and will be publicized. Memorials may be to the Kidney Foundation, Zion Lutheran Church or Worship Anew. Wanita Faye Bartimus was born on Wednesday, November 23, 1949 in rural Beecher City, IL to Murl and Elsie…

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    Jenkins, Nicholas

    Nicholas Timothy Jenkins, 18 Left us unexpectedly on March 16, 2020 Loving son of Connie (Ben) Houlihan nee Myers formerly of Teutopolis, IL and Timothy (Angela) Jenkins formerly of Altamont, IL Cherished grandson of Bill and Rosie Myers of Effingham, IL and Barb (Jim) Jenkins of Highland, IL Dear brother of Brandon, Kaitlin, Alyssa, Makenzie, Shannon, John, Emily (Jermey), Brandon (Sarah), Andrew (Ashley), Steven (Tasha) and Aaron Special friend to Bryanna M. Winfree Nicholas was a uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all. He was a proud member of Boy Scout Troop 372, The Crossing, National Honor Society, Valley Park Concert Band, iTech…

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    BAUER, Richard Oct 14, 1969 – Mar 13, 2020

    Richard J. Bauer, 50, of St. Elmo died at his home at 6:58 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020 from a 3-1/2 year battle with cancer. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Home Care and Hospice. Richard was born on Tuesday, October 14, 1969 in Effingham, IL to John E. and Jo Beth (Jenkins) Bauer. He was a graduate of St. Elmo High School and Lincoln Tech in Nashville, TN. Growing up meant working on the farm and he honed many skills that proved beneficial in working as a…

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    Pagel, Cheryl

    Cheryl Elaine Pagel, age 78, of Effingham, Illinois passed away at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Illinois surrounded by her loving family. Services will be at a later date due to the recent ban on social gatherings and COVID-19. Memorials may go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Edgewood Cemetery, or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.pagelfuneralhome.com Cheryl was born on June 16, 1941 in Effingham, Illinois, the daughter of Frank Henry and Nora Ethel (Logan) Ragle. She married Larry Keith Pagel Sr. on October 19, 1957 in Effingham, Illinois. She loved spending time with her family and friends,…

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    Towles, Joan

    Joan Towles, age 81, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2020 surrounded by her loved ones and will be dearly missed. Funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Pagel Funeral Homes in Edgewood, Illinois. There will be a one-hour viewing prior to the service. Burial will be at Edgewood Cemetery in Edgewood, Illinois. Memorials may go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.pagelfuneralhome.com Joan was born on September 13, 1938 in Kinmundy, Illinois the daughter of Luther and Edith Orpha Martha (Stoops) Beck. She married Paul McDade on December 21, 1957. He preceded…

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    Kremer, Robert

    Robert “Bob” Louis Kremer, 73, of Teutopolis, died of a sudden heart attack while on his way home from his hunting cabin on Saturday evening, March 14, 2020. Born February 15, 1947, in Effingham, he was the seventh child of Herman and Della (Luchtefeld) Kremer. In what was to become a family of ten children, Bob grew up learning the importance of hard work, love and commitment of family, and a strong faith in God, all values which he later passed on to his own children. Bob was a graduate of Newton High School and Lakeland College. He began working at Siemer Milling Company in Teutopolis, and then for Siemer…

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    Robert L. Kremer

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    Tarrant, Mildred

    Mildred “Millie” Alvena Tarrant, 99, of Effingham, IL, formerly of Stewardson, IL passed away at 5:14 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL. Millie was born on December 22, 1920, in Sigel, IL, the daughter of Preston and Emma (Ashenbremer) Beals. She owned and operated Millie’s Café in Stewardson in the 1960’s and later worked at Keller’s Ramada Inn in Effingham. Millie loved to garden, feed the birds, read, quilt, embroider, work puzzles and spend time with her loving family. Surviving are four daughters: Virginia Antrim of Effingham, Judy (Raymond) Habing of Effingham, Patricia (Bob) Bushue of Mason and Karen (William) Schaefer…

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    AITKEN, Dorothy Oct 31, 1939 – Mar 12, 2020

    Dorothy M. Aitken, 80, of Beecher City, IL passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL. Dorothy was born on October 31, 1939, in Champaign. She was raised in the Effingham area by Dova Frost and was a 1958 graduate of Effingham High School. Dorothy and Roy Aitken were united in holy matrimony on November 2, 1958. She was a linotype operator at the Effingham Daily News for about six years beginning in high school and was the bookkeeper for Aitken Refrigeration for nearly 43 years. She is survived by her husband, Roy Aitken of Beecher City; two children:…

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    Klosterman, Betty

    Betty J. Klosterman, age 92, entered new life on March 12, 2020 at Willowbrook of Effingham. She is now reunited with her beloved husband, Jack Klosterman, her mother and father, John and Fairie (Foster) Kepner, her brothers, Donald, Gene, and Paul Kepner, and her sisters Dorothy Autenreith and Louise Somers who preceded her in death. She leaves behind in this earthly life her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who loved, cherished and adored her. Children: sons, John (wife, Pat) Klosterman of Columbia, SC, Steve (wife, Robin) Klosterman of Effingham, IL; and daughters, Julie (husband, Larry) Garner of Effingham, IL and Kaye (husband, Sid) Kibler of Effingham, IL. Grandchildren: Scott Garner of…

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    MAHON, George Mar 15, 1975 – Mar 10, 2010

    On March 10, 2020 George Allen Mahon 44, passed away at his home in Hondo Texas. George was born March 15th 1975 in Effingham Illinois to Ray and Darla Gates Mahon. He was survived by his parents, son Travis and wife Sandra, 3 grandchildren, sister Virginia and husband Chris, brother Michael and wife Tara 3 nephews and 1 great niece. A Celebration of Life will be held in San Antonio and funeral services to be held in Illinois at a later time. Flowers and cards may be sent to 2401 Avenue J. Hondo Texas 78861

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    Betty J. Klosterman

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    Leon Lankford

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    Quick, Robert

    Robert “Bob” Laverne Quick, age 93, of Edgewood, Illinois passed away at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham, Illinois. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Friedens United Church of Christ in Farina, Illinois. There will be a one-hour visitation prior to the service. Zach Garrett will be officiating. Burial will be at Keen’s Chapel Cemetery in rural LaClede, Illinois. Memorials may go to Shriner’s Hospital or Keen’s Chapel Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.pagelfuneralhome.com Bob was born on October 23, 1926 in Farina, Illinois, the son of Harold and Nellie (Hockman) Quick.…

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    Buening, Ronald

    Ronald “Tanker” Buening, 74 of Effingham, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at HSHS St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham with private family burial in St. Michael Cemetery, Sigel. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to time of service, Saturday morning at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.bauerfh.com. Tanker was born July 28, 1945 in Sigel, the son of John “Jack” and Phyllis (Swingler) Buening. He was a heavy equipment operator for many years. Tanker…

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    Ruholl, Bernard

    Bernard “Bernie” Henry Ruholl, 93, of Teutopolis, IL, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2020 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Teutopolis with burial in St. Francis Cemetery with military graveside rites. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the church. Services are in the care of Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. Memorials may be made to Teutopolis American Legion Post 924, Sister Ethelbert Hall, the former Monastery Museum under renovation in Teutopolis, or donor’s choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com. Bernie was born…

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    GRESS, Audry Aug 24, 1927 – Mar 11, 2020

    Audry V. Gress, 92 of Effingham, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham with burial in St. Anthony Cemetery with military graveside rites. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham with a 6:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Sacred Heart School or to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.bauerfh.com. Audry was born August 24, 1927 in Calhoun County, Illinois,…

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    Compton, Nicholas

    Nicholas Wayne Compton, age 41, of Louisville, Illinois, passed away Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020, at his home. Nick was born May 27, 1978, in Effingham, the son of Richard Lyle Compton and Cheryl Lynn (Cushman) Compton. He married Trisha Marie Kuenstler on June 5, 2004, in Effingham, and they have celebrated 15 wedding anniversaries together. Nick was a 1996 graduate of Effingham High School and continued his education at Lakeland College and Eastern Illinois University, later earning a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He worked as a Foster Care Licensing Representative for Illinois DCFS. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Louisville. Nick’s love for…

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    Bernard H. Ruholl

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    Audry V. Gress

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    Ronald J. Buening

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    Short, Lora

    Lora C. Short, age 79, of Newton, Illinois, passed away at 5:00 PM – Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at her home where she resided for 60 years. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM – Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Newton, Illinois, with Fr. Dean Probst celebrating mass. Burial will be on the Short Family Farm northeast of Newton, Illinois. Visitation will be held 4:00-7:00 PM – Monday, March 16, 2020, and from 9:30-10:00 AM – Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Meyer Funeral Home in Newton, Illinois. In loving memory of Lora, memorials may be made to the Larry and…

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    Utz, Phyllis

    Phyllis Utz, 80, of Effingham, Illinois passed away on Wednesday March 11, 2020 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. A visitation celebrating Phyllis’ life will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Phyllis’ memory may be made to Ballard Nature Center. Online condolences may be shared at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com. Phyllis was born May 31, 1939, the daughter of Lawrence & Margaret (Osthoff) Sur of Effingham. She was united in marriage to Thomas Utz on October 7, 1961. Phyllis is loved and survived by her husband, Tom Utz of Effingham; her four children:…

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    DUCKWITZ, Lester Jan 24, 1939 – Mar 9, 2020

    Mr. Lester L Duckwitz 81 years old of Altamont died early Monday morning March 9, 2020 at 5:15 am in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Illinois after being a patient for a short time. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday afternoon March 13, 2020 in the Kull Funeral Chapel, Altamont with Rev. David McConnell of the First Christian Church of Effingham officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm Friday before the funeral service. Military and Christian Burial Rites will follow immediately after the funeral service in Union Cemetery Altamont. Lester was born on January 24, 1939 in the Mark…

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    Phyllis Utz

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    Greider, Ken

    Ken Greider, 76, of Charleston, IL passed away at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at his home in Charleston, IL. Memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the Charleston Bible Church, 2605 University Drive, Charleston, IL. Rev. Norman Stark will officiate. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service from 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the church. The Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola, IL is assisting with arrangements. Ken was born on October 29, 1943 in Effingham, IL, the son of William Kenneth and Kathryn Claire (Walton) Greider. He married Suejin (Ko) Johns in 1995 in Paducah, KY.…

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    Keller, Susan

    Susan A. Keller, 73, passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Susan was born October 8, 1946 in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Montague and Myrtis (Miller) Wright. She is survived by her son, Ronal Kevin (Margaret) Keller of San Diego, California; daughter, Shaakira Freeman of Effingham and nine grandchildren. Also surviving is a special family friend, Carol Martin of Effingham.

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    SPENCER, Billy Nov 21, 1929 – Mar 6, 2020

    Billy Dean “Bill” Spencer of Yale, Illinois passed away at Newton Care Center in Newton, Illinois surrounded by his family on March 6, 2020. Bill was 90 years old. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Yale Church of Christ in Yale, IL. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup, IL. Monday evening. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery rural Yale, IL. Bill was born on November 21, 1929 in a log cabin on the Clark/Jasper County line. He was one of four children born to Denzel and Dorothy (Parcel) Spencer. At…

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    GRUNLOH, Charles May 16, 1950 – Mar 6, 2020

    Charles “Chuck” Grunloh, 69 of Teutopolis, was reunited in death with his beloved wife, Geri, on Friday, March 6, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Teutopolis with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Catholic Charities or Project Linus. Online condolences may be expressed at www.bauerfh.com. Chuck was born May 16, 1950 in Effingham, the son of Andrew and Delores (Keller) Grunloh. He was united in marriage to Geralyn “Geri”…